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Drought Conditions in the High Plains Region-Update May 9

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Source/Author: Joseph Brum-High Plains Regional Climate Center 05/10/13

Drought Monitor May 7, 2013

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Year to date Percent of Normal Precipitation

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Precipitation and below normal temperatures continued this week, in the High Plains Region, which aided in the improvement of the drought. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the area of moderate drought (D1) or worse decreased by 2.5% this week, to total 82.55% of the Region. This reduction occurred in southeastern Nebraska and northeastern Kansas, where a band of beneficial rain fell and in north-central Colorado where snow and rain fell as well. The area of severe drought (D2) decreased as well this week after remaining constant last week. The reduction in D2 area was a little more than 3% of the Region. A decrease in extreme drought (D3) took place again this week. The reduction of 2% occurred in central Kansas and along the Nebraska-Wyoming border. Unfortunately areas in southwestern Kansas and southeastern Colorado had areas of exceptional drought (D4) expand this week due to lack of precipitation. North Dakota and South Dakota’s drought conditions remained the same this week as last.

To learn more about the U.S. Drought Monitor, please see: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu

To see the areas of agriculture affected by the drought, please see the USDA link: http://www.usda.gov/oce/weather/Drought/AgInDrought.pdf

Check out the table below for the drought conditions over the past month for the High Plains Region.

To view statistics of the High Plains Region and each state check out the Tabular Statistics here: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/DM_tables.htm?High_Plains

      Drought Condition (Percent Area): High Plains Region








 92.02    82.55


 7.72 92.28 85.04 69.52 32.53 8.00
 7.07 92.93 86.14


 37.82 7.32
 04/16/2013 7.10 92.90 86.43 73.47 44.28 6.77
 04/09/2013 4.96 95.04 91.67 80.57 53.33


 04/02/2013 4.65 95.04 91.68 81.27 54.76 22.17

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